Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Thanks to Lizette Wanzer’s amazing grant workshop at the San Francisco Grotto, I spent some time putting myself out there for new writing opportunities this year.

I’m beyond pleased to say that two of these grant applications were approved. One is a Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant that will enable me to attend BinderCon in New York next month. The other is a Key West Literary Seminar Writers Workshop scholarship to attend Diana Abu Jaber’s weeklong class in January.

Writing a novel is a notoriously slow and solitary process, so it is gratifying–even life-giving–to gain support along the way. I look forwarding to meeting others on the same path, and to learning from the best.

New freelance piece published in Publishers Weekly

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

This article exists behind a subscription wall, unfortunately, but if you can, check out my latest freelance piece in Publishers Weekly. After a lot of editing and the help of an amazing editor there, we managed to get my trip to London and about seven interviews to fit into a 650-word article. I still have so much good information from my research that I’m thinking about how I might use more of it in another piece.

If you don’t have a PW subscription and would like to know something specific about upcoming Arab speculative fiction, feel free to contact me.

Beyond One Thousand and One Nights: Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015-2016

Genre fiction is gaining ground in the Middle East—and, slowly, the books are moving West…

Publishers Weekly

Schedule: BinderCon, NYC, November 6-9

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Even as I’m oh-so-overdue for writing about my amazing experience at Shubbak in London last month, I’ve signed myself up for BinderCon, a professional development conference to empower women and gender non‑conforming writers with tools, connections, and strategies to advance their careers. This has been a hugely supportive group of women, and I can’t wait to meet many of them in person and share experiences.

What: BinderCon, hosted by Out of the Binders

When: November 7–9, 2015

Where: New York University campus, Manhattan

And it’s on my birthday, so I guess besides the fact that I can’t spend it with my wife, this is one of the best gifts I’ve given myself in a long time.

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Shubbak Festival

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

I’m beyond excited to be attending this year’s Shubbak Festival in London. It includes a weekend of events related to Arab Literature. The highlight, for me, will be the panel “Science Fiction in the Arab World.” (Haven’t I been saying this is a thing?) I can’t wait to bring my notes and ideas home to share, along with book recommendations.

What: Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture

When: July 24–26, 2015

Where: The British Library, London, UK

If you’re planning to be there, or have a question you’d like me to ask, let me know! In the meantime, I’ll be busy preparing in the most fun way possible (for a bookworm): digging into a pile of exciting novels, graphic novels, and other literature whose authors will be presenting at the festival.

Back in the workshop groove!

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Five years ago, I moved away from Portland, Oregon, which took me away from an informal and much-loved writing group. It’s been a long time since I sat around a table and talked about fiction with fellow writers. Needing some fresh air in my writing life, I signed up for a class at the rave-reviewed The Grotto, a creative space in San Francisco that hosts all kinds of writing workshops.

What: The Craft of Developing Dramatic Emotions 

Who: Junse Kim, instructor and author

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-9 p.m., January 28-February 25, 2015

Where: The Grotto, 490 2nd St., San Francisco

How Much: Inexpensive enough that I might make this a regular thing.

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